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May 24, 2017 4 Comments


May 24, 2017 4 Comments

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a lovely and long weekend 🙂 I wanted to start off today’s post with a little life update. My presence in this space has been less than ideal when compared to my standards and I felt it was time to let you guys know what’s going on!

First off my husband and I are moving to Portland, OR! We’ve greatly enjoyed our time in Chicago and this city will always have a special place in my heart. However, we need a little more work/life balance and we are greatly missing outdoor access! So this move brings me to my next point. I am currently looking for a new job! My husband is transferring with our company (we both work in media advertising) but I’m on the hunt for a new gig. As you can imagine, job hunting while your current work life is in full force (seriously it has been a lot to say the least) is exhausting. So this is why my post cadence has been so sporadic. I don’t mean to tell you all this to complain or for sympathy but more as an explanation. I feel that I owe that to you because I truly & deeply appreciate all of you that stop by my little online world. I LOVE sharing my style journey and it means so much to me to see people come and visit my blog. I love introducing others to the living with less and slow fashion mentality. This whole experience has pushed me to think more creatively and I truly enjoy posting when I can! So in conclusion I want to say thank you for bearing with me and continuing to visit even though I’m in a sporadic state. I promise it will get better! 🙂

Now that my ramble is over, I’d like to share how I like to style my Jesse Kamm Sailor Pants these days! These pants are a cult favorite and now that I finally own a pair I can see why! So to give a hollistic perspective here is what I want to touch on in this post.

1 Jesse Kamm Overview
2 Why I decided to invest in a pair
3 Oufit thoughts
4 Review

Lets jump right in!

All Jesse Kamm products are handmade in LA with high quality materials that are sure to last for many years. Her designs can be found in many boutiques and online stores including Need Supply, Frances May & Garmentory (three personal faves). She is a self taught designer and is very hands on when it comes to her business. She values a simplistic lifestyle and loves the ocean. There is a fantastic bio on her site that shares an insightful snapshot of her world if you’d like to learn more about this wonderfully inspiring lady!

I first found Jesse Kamm Sailor Pants last Spring. This was about the time when I was falling in love with wide leg pants but was no where close to investing in a pair. Let alone a sailor pants pair. I’ll be frank and say these lovelies are not cheap. They are a true investment. I tried to look for an alternative but none of the silhouettes were quite right. I then decided to save my pennies (for several months) and finally took the plunge. It took some planning and budgeting to make this investment. I didn’t just wake up one day and decide to spend almost $400 (yes, I know that sounds crazy) on a pair of pants. I had to plan it out. By saving and planning I was able to avoid buyer’s remorse and now I’m able to enjoy these pants without feeling a world of hurt in my wallet. I share all of this with you to be transparent and to inspire you to pick an item that you’ve truly wanted and save for it. Don’t just mindless go out and purchase it. The thoughtfulness will make you appreciate that item so much more once you have it! I guarentee it 🙂

SAVING TIP: as part of my planning process I scoped out different online boutiques that sold sailor pants. I then signed up for a couple email lists so that I could use their discount code to make the pants a little more affordable for my budget. I ended up purchasing my pair from Frances May and I know they’ve had Jesse Kamm items for sale in the past! You can also try ebay or @noihsaf.bazzar for a secondhand pair!

This outfit is giving me a very subtle nautical vibe. Between the stripes, white pants and dark denim, I feel like I belong in Cape Cod! Believe me this was very unintentional but I love how this outfit came together. The crop top highlights the high waist on the pants perfectly and the long duster elongates the overall silhouette. I know it’s almost June but a light outer layer is still sometimes necessary in Chicago! Finally with the pumps adding a nice touch of class, I’m ready to get lunch with a friend or do some window shopping! I feel chic, sophisticated and comfortable in this look which makes in an overall win in my book!

| FIT | – on the Jesse Kamm site it says that these pants are a little tight around the caboose so if you’re in between sizes, size up. I followed this advice and I was very happy I did! For reference I’m 5’5″ about 127lbs (before the jar of nutella) waist 27″, hips 39″ and I fall into the little bit of a caboose department. So I opted for a size 6 (medium). The waist is a tiny bit big but it fits in my hips/thighs. The inseam is a little long on me but still doable. I’m thinking I want a little more of a cropped look so I may have them hemmed when I get the waist taken in. These tweaks are very minor and I’ve already worn them plenty of times without these adjustments.

| MATERIAL | – these pants are made of 100% fine cotton canvas. The material was slightly stiff at first but has softened (in a wonderful way) after the first couple of wears. They hold their shape all day long and I can already tell that they will last for a very long time.

| CARE | – I have yet to wash these but the tag says cold wash, line dry, warm dryer to fluff and press with medium heat. Moving forward I’ll try washing the item so I can give some more helpful tips! PS the tag says “Jesse Kamm loves you” which makes me smile 🙂

| COST | $395

|1| jesse kamm pants ($395USD)/ size 6, I’m 5’5″ about 127lbs and pear shape / purchased this season / budget friendly option: everlane wide leg crop pant ($68USD)
|2| madewell crop top / size small / 2 years old / similar from Curator ($70USD), a little different but adorable option from Stil.Ace ($70USD), and love this one from Eve Gravel ($95USD)
|3| madewell pumps / size 7 / purchased this season / similar ethical option from Zou Xou ($248USD)
|4| ali golden denim duster / size m/l / secondhand purchase this season / similar ethical option from Ajaie Alaie ($260USD)
|5| ceri hoover aubrey tote ($495USD)/ secondhand purchase this season / on sale option ($320USD)
|6| seaworthy lazlo necklace ($143USD)/ 1 year old / currently on sale!
|7| rayban sunglasses ($150USD)/ 3 years old

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  • Andrea May 24, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Congrats on your impending move to Portland! When you get here you can start shopping Frances May in person. 😉 Your Kamm pants look great on you!

    • Allison Metcalfe May 30, 2017 at 1:11 am

      Hi Andrea,
      Thank you! I can’t wait to visit the shop in person 🙂
      xo – Allison

  • Meg May 24, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations on the move! I actually moved away from Illinois a little over a year ago, and it’s a bit of a breath of fresh air to do so. No offense to the state (I actually work remotely out east now for a state institution there, and love the people at my job, and miss things about being there), and it has some lovely places, but I was missing pine trees and "real" hiking, etc. It’s been great having that again. Sometimes you just want a change of pace! And getting a good work/life balance is so key to not burning out.
    Love the outfit, and love the notes on the Kamm pants! They look awesome on you! I’m moving in the direction of a more sustainable, ethical wardrobe, and although I think I’m too short for these (mainly because my rise is so short, they’d sit on my ribs), it’s wonderful to see them styled. I’m going to try out the Everlane pair (shorter rise).
    Hope your move goes as smoothly as a move can!

    • Allison Metcalfe May 30, 2017 at 1:13 am

      Hi Meg,Thank you! I’m so glad your move worked out for you. I agree 100% agree that sometimes you just need a change of pace.
      I’m so glad you like the outfit and thank you! The everlane version is a great alternative and I hope you enjoy them!
      x0 – Allison

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